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Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's visit to Brussels

Prime Minister Grindeanu: It is necessary to relaunch the European project around the idea of unity


Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has had today, in Brussels, a series of talks with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, with Serghei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists, with Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, with Gianni Pittella, President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, as well as with other European leaders,among whom Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece, and Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal.

During discussions, the Head of the Executive has argued the need to relaunch the European project based on the idea of unity around fundamental EU values and principles. An inclusive approach, in the format of dialogue open to participation of all states”, the Romanian Prime Minister has stated.

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has underlined the importance for Romania of the cohesion funds policies and the common agricultural policies.

Prime Minister Grindeanu had these talks in the context of his participation to PES meeting, in Brussels. 


Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met with the Chancellor of Austria, Christian Kern

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has had today, in Brussels, a bilateral meeting with Mr. Christian Kern, Chancellor of Austria, in the context of the meeting of the European Socialists Party. Ms. Ana Birchall, Minister delegate for European Affairs has also attended the meeting.

The Romanian Prime Minister and the Chancellor of Austria have exchanged opinions on the European agenda priorities, focusing on the topics discussed at the March 9-10 European Council. In this context, the Head of the Bucharest Executive has reconfirmed Romania’s pro-European attachment and its firm commitment to actively contributing to strengthening the European project, including from the Brexit perspective and of the debates linked to the EU future.

„Romania clearly maintains its stand on deepening the Union, with all its successful policies and projects, especially the Internal Market, Schengen Area and the Eurozone. I reconfirm Romania’ support for a consolidated, unitary and inclusive Europe”, Prime Minister Grindeanu has underlined. During the meeting, the two officials have agreed on Romanian Prime Minister’s paying an official visit to Vienna, in the context of debates on the EU future, details are about to be established through diplomatic channels.

Other point of discussion aimed at the economic relations between the two countries, with emphasis on investments with Austrian capital in our country, taking into account the fact that Austria is one of Romania’s main trade partners. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has briefly presented the Government’s priorities for the next period, mentioning his preoccupation with continuing the measures to support the business environment.

The Chancellor of Austria, Christian Kern has congratulated the Prime Minister for the result of elections, and has assured him of his support for Romania’s efforts to draw European funds to finance projects designed to contribute to improving prison conditions.

Other aspect discussed referred to preparations for taking over the EU Council Presidency, considering the fact that Romania will take over the Presidency in the first semester of 2019. Minister delegate for European Affairs, Ana Birchall has outlined that the EU Council Presidency represents a challenge for Romania and has showed that the Bucharest authorities will closely cooperate with the Austrian authorities given that Romania will take over the EU Council Presidency from Austria.

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu is paying visit to Brussels, from March 8 to 9, where he attends the PES meeting and has a series of meetings with senior European officials in the margins of the European Council.


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